He’s unstoppable! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Daiki Ikeda on taking first place in the 2022 Tampa Am street skateboarding competition at Skate Park of Tampa (SPoT) in Florida this weekend. In the skateboarding world’s most significant contest for amateur riders, the 16-year-old from Tokyo, Japan, brought the house down with a flawless run in Sunday’s final.
Presented by Monster Energy, Tampa Am is considered as a gateway into the professional skateboarding ranks. The competition was first held at the SPoT warehouse in 1995. Today, the list of Tampa Am winners includes the world’s most influential pro street skateboarders, such as Monster Energy rider Aurelien Giraud and multiple SLS World Champion Nyjah Huston.
The 28th edition of Tampa Am again brought hundreds of amateur skateboarders from 19 countries to Skate Park of Tampa (SPoT). Skateboarders hailed from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sweden, and the United States.
Aside from the main street skating contest, riders also competed in the Concrete Jam bowl contest and Independent Best Trick session. The festival-like event also featured concerts and art exhibits to celebrate the full diversity of skateboarding culture.